Nawakwi Arrested, Joins Detained Political Leaders

Nawakwi Arrested, Joins Detained Political Leaders

.. Nawakwi detained at Chelstone,Changala at Kabwata and Munir Zulu at Lusaka Central Police Stations…

Zambia Police Service has detained Ms. Edith Nawakwi, a prominent opposition leader, on charges of seditious practices. The move has sparked concerns about the state of democracy and political freedoms in the country.

According to the police statement, Ms. Nawakwi has been accused of actions intended to incite rebellion against the authority of the state. The charges, which fall under Sections 57 and 60 of the Penal Code Act, are considered serious and have the potential to significantly disrupt the country’s political landscape.

The detention of Ms. Nawakwi follows a similar move against another opposition leader, Mr. Munir Zulu, who was arrested for alleged hate speech. Additionally, human rights activist Mr. Brebner Changala was also taken into custody on related charges.

While the authorities have a duty to maintain law and order, the detentions of these opposition figures have raised concerns among human rights groups and the international community.

It is important to note that the charges against Ms. Nawakwi, Mr. Zulu, and Mr. Changala have not been proven in a court of law. The principle of presumption of innocence must be upheld, and the accused should be afforded the opportunity to mount a robust defense.

The situation has undoubtedly caused anguish and uncertainty among the opposition leaders and their supporters. Emmanuel Mwamba, a member of the UKA opposition political party alliance, has expressed concern for Ms. Nawakwi’s well-being, stating that she was unwell and had been seeking medical treatment in India.

As the nation grapples with these developments, it is crucial that the Zambian authorities exercise restraint, uphold the rule of law, and ensure that the rights of all citizens, including political opponents, are respected. The country’s long-term stability and democratic progress depend on the ability to engage in open and constructive political discourse, without fear of persecution.

28th May, 2024.

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